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News & Issues > Joe Scarborough Now Says He Was Wrong on Guns

Joe Scarborough Now Says He Was Wrong on Guns

Joe Scarborough, long-time staunch conservative Republican and host of the talk show on MSNBC, “Morning Joe”, opened his program yesterday by stating that for years he has defended the NRA and the integrity of the Second Amendment. Scarborough stated:

I am a conservative Republican who received the NRA’s highest ratings over 4 terms in Congress. I saw the debate over guns as a powerful, symbolic struggle between individual rights and government control. In the years after Waco and Ruby Ridge, the symbolism of that debate seemed even more powerful to my colleagues and me.

However,he now admits that he was wrong. Scarborough, like so many of us,has been deeply affected and irreverently changed by the tragedy at Shady Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut

On a personal note, I was reared in a home where guns were a normal and accepted part of life....not handguns but rifles and shotguns. My brothers and I knew from a young age that guns were weapons of mass destruction, and that we never touched them. Sadly, that mentality no longer exists. carborough expounded on that also:

The violence we see spreading from shopping malls in Oregon, to movie theaters in Colorado, to college campuses in Virginia, to elementary schools in Connecticut, is being spawned by the toxic brew of a violent pop culture, a growing mental health crisis and the proliferation of combat-styled guns.

Scarborough continued by stating that though entrenched special interests will try to muddy the issue the answer is no longer a mystery to common-sense Americans. He added.
And blessedly, there are more common-sense Americans than there are special interests, even if it doesn’t always seem that way. Good luck to the gun lobbyist or Hollywood lawyer who tries to blunt the righteous anger of ten million parents by hiding behind a twisted reading of our Bill of Rights.

As I said in a previous post, we have this moment, common-sense Americans, parents and grandparents, to make a difference for the future of our progeny.

As Scarborough stated:

But let this be out true landmark; let Newtown be the hour after which, in the words of the New Testament, we did all we could to make all things new

posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:08 AM ()


What will it take to change anything? Too many of our politicians, health care providers and NRA, etc., do not agree that there is a problem let alone on a solution.
comment by dragonflyby on Dec 29, 2012 10:59 AM ()
I often tilt at Joe Scarborough by writing to him on his Facebook page. No answer ever, of course. I am happy to see he finally has seen the light. on this issue.
comment by tealstar on Dec 19, 2012 5:02 AM ()
We need a few more to do the same. I will say this. Only the looneys are still opposing banning high capacity clips and semi-automatic weapons. I think we may have a chance. I know it is going to be introduced in both houses. It will be a fight, but two mass murders....the Aurora incident and the elementary massacre came just too close together. Parents are nervous.
reply by redimpala on Dec 19, 2012 11:41 AM ()
I am so hoping that Americans will wake up.
comment by elderjane on Dec 18, 2012 7:06 PM ()
For the first time ever the latest ABC/Washington Post poll showed a majority now saying they see guns as part of a larger societal problem and now support banning high capacity ammunition clips 59% to 38% against. The support for banning semi-automatic weapons, of which the AR-15, is included also is for the first time in the majority with 52% for and 44% against. This is the moment for us to lobby hard!!
reply by redimpala on Dec 19, 2012 11:39 AM ()
what the govenment done in 1998 here after a shooting that left 36 dead and another 36 wounded was to buy back all types of guns surrended at police stations , cost millions to do so and also brought in tougher gun laws , the response to the buy back was very very large . Australians were thought to be mad in doing that but it has worked .
comment by kevinshere on Dec 18, 2012 3:18 PM ()
That is what I would like to see the government do here...buy back all semi-automatic and assault weapons. It would cost trillions but if it saved one child's life, it would be worth it.
reply by redimpala on Dec 19, 2012 11:42 AM ()
Not being cynical--okay I am--let's see what, if anything, is done.
comment by greatmartin on Dec 18, 2012 9:12 AM ()
I know, Martin. But, if ever there was a chance, it is now.
reply by redimpala on Dec 19, 2012 11:43 AM ()

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